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Cornell Note-taking System

This note-taking method, originally developed at Cornell University, is recommended by many educational bodies.


How to write notes in the Cornell note-taking system?

Your can use this approach to summarise any kind of information, for example, lectures, articles, videos, or interviews.

Divide a A4 page into four areas:

  • In the top area write the date and title.
  • In the main area write down your notes.
  • Review your note immediately after writing them down, and use the left section to write down any thoughts, questions, or conclusions.
  • Write a short summary about the content of this note’s page in the bottom section.

When reviewing your notes, focus on the comments and summary sections.


Watch a video about how to take Cornell notes.

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